We had an impromptu photo session in White Island, more than fun, it was really funny!
It is January once again and I found myself thinking about the trip I made in January 2009, while I was 28 weeks pregnant – a trip to Cagayan de Oro in Misamis and Camiguin with Travel Factor. It was the first ever TF trip I made with Tikoy Tan, and there, got to meet her own circle of TF friends. It was a really fun trip, made even more exciting by the presence of Maya, AJ and Ver! I love you guys. 🙂
H and I actually arrived later than the others. We were on a different flight with Kim. When we got to CDO, the first thing H and I did was find an Ob-Gyne to sign my Cebu Pacific Expectant Mother form for the flight back to Manila four days after. That was actually quite of an easy thing to do. We then spent whatever was left of the day eating at Bigby’s Cafe and Restaurant! My, my, Bigby’s is great. I love Bigby’s!
We left early the next morning on an hour- and-a-half van trip to the wharf in Balingoan, Misamis Oriental – about 86 kilometers from Cagayan de Oro. From there, we boarded a barge that took us to the port of Benoni in the island of Camiguin in an hour or so.
On the ferry with us were a lot of boy scouts going to the island to attend a Jamboree.
This is my favorite photo taken during a trip to Camiguin Island with Travel Factor, January 2009. This was the outrigger boat that took us to and from the sand bar called White Island back to the resort we were staying, Paras Beach Resort. I was six months pregnant.
Traveling while with child can be daunting, but not impossible. I had to have my ob-gyne fill out a form that I was fit for travel, a requirement for pregnant women flying on Cebu Pacific, as with any other airline. Cebu Pacific’s guidelines require that the expectant mother form be filled out and signed by the doctor no more than three days before the flight. That was relatively easy.
What was a little harder was having a form for the flight back because we were in Cagayan de Oro and Camiguin for a total of four days and three nights. We had to find another doctor (It doesn’t have to be your own ob-gyne of course, just as long as it is another ob-gyne. Just make sure you bring all pertinent records with you like ultrasound and other test results.) to fill out and sign my travel form in Cagayan de Oro for the flight back to Manila. We also had to go to a mall to fax the document to Cebu Pacific as it had to be signed by Cebu Pacific’s doctor before the actual flight and wait for the document to be faxed back.
Though traveling while six months pregnant could be uncomfortable at times, especially when there is a two-hour travel by private van from Cagayan de Oro to the port of Balingoan in Misamis Oriental and back, it is again, not impossible. It could be tiring though and I fell asleep most times. Hahaha. It was made so much easier though because I was traveling with my husband, and a lot of good friends who watched out for me and made sure I was made as comfortable as was possible. Thank you Maya and AJ Fajardo, Tikoy Tan and Ver Esclamado. I love you guys!